ActsChapter 13

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1 Now in the church that was at Antioch were prophets and teachers, both :Barnabas and Symeon :called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy :Spirit said, Separate me then :Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 Then, having fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
 
4 THEY therefore, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Selucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of :God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John as attendant. 6 And having gone through the whole island unto Paphos, they found a certain man, a †sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Jesus; 7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of understanding. HE called unto him Barnabas and Saul, and sought to hear the word of :God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his :name interpreted) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. 9 But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on him, 10 and said, O, Devil’s son, full of all guile and all villainy, enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right :ways of the Lord? 11 And now, lo, the Lord’s hand is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately a mist fell on him and darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
 
13 Now those with Paul set sail from :Paphos, and came to Perga in :Pamphylia: and John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But THEY, passing through from :Perga, came to Antioch of :Pisidia; and going into the synagogue on the sabbath :day, sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the synagogue-rulers sent unto them, saying, Men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear :God, hearken: 17 The God of this :people Israel chose our :fathers, and exalted the people during their sojourn in Egypt land, and with a high arm led them forth out of it. 18 And for a time of about forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. 19 When he had destroyed seven nations in Canaan land, he gave them their :land for an inheritance for about four hundred and fifty years: 20 and after these things he gave judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they asked for a king: and :God gave them :Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin—forty years. 22 And having removed him, he raised up :David to be their king; to whom also he witnessed and said, I have found David the son of :Jesse, a man after my :heart, who shall do all my :will[s]. 23 Of the seed of this man hath :God according to promise brought to :Israel a Savior, Jesus; 24 John having first preached before [the face of] his :coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was fulfilling his :course, he said, What suppose ye that I am? I am not he. But lo, one cometh after me the shoes of whose :feet I am not worthy to unloose. 26 Men and brethren, sons of Abraham’s race, and those among you that fear :God, to us is the word of this :salvation sent forth. 27 For who dwell in Jerusalem, and their :rulers, because they knew HIM not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him they asked of Pilate that he be slain. 29 And when they had finished all the things :written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 30 But :God raised him from the dead: 31 and he was seen for †many days of them that came up with him from :Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses unto the people. 32 And WE bring you good tidings of the promise made unto the fathers, 33 that :God hath fulfilled the same unto our :children, in that he raised up Jesus; as also it is written in the second :psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34 And that he raised him from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he hath spoken thus [that] I will give you the holy, the sure blessings of David. 35 Because he saith also in another place, Thou wilt not give thy :Holy One to see corruption. 36 For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of :God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his :fathers, and saw corruption: 37 but he whom :God raised up saw no corruption. 38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins: 39 and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Look therefore lest what is spoken in the prophets come upon you:

41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and vanish away;
For I work a work in your :days,
A work which ye shall in nowise believe, if one rehearse it to you.
42 And as they went out, they besought that these :words be spoken to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed :Paul and :Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of :God. 44 And the coming sabbath almost the whole city was gathered to hear the word of :God. 45 But seeing the crowds the Jews were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things spoken by Paul, and blasphemed. 46 And :Paul and :Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that the word of :God should first be spoken to you. But since ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal :life, lo, we turn to the nations. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us,
I have set thee for a light of nations,
That thou be for salvation unto the uttermost of the earth.
 
48 And as the nations heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of :God: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spread abroad throughout the whole country. 50 But the Jews urged on the devout :honorable women and the first men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against :Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their :borders. 51 But THEY shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

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